21 days in Michigan Itinerary

21 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan planner

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Make it your trip
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Ontonagon
— 1 night
Drive
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Munising
— 4 nights
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Drive to Newberry, MI, Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Dearborn
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Dearborn
— 3 nights
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive
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Traverse City
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
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Ontonagon

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Overlook and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Adventure Mining Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): stroll through Porcupine Mountains State Park and then explore the activities along Presque Isle River.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ontonagon trip itinerary builder app.

Chicago to Ontonagon is an approximately 7-hour car ride. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chicago in September: high temperatures in Ontonagon hover around 68°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Munising.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Munising

— 4 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Explore Munising's surroundings by going to Marquette (Presque Isle Park & Lakenenland Sculpture Park) and Manistique (Palms Book State Park & Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)). There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Point Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls, and stop by Open Wings Pottery & Gallery.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Munising trip planner.

You can drive from Ontonagon to Munising in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 3 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse, and learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island day trip site.

You can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry from Munising to Mackinac Island in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Dearborn.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Dearborn

— 3 nights
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Dearborn is known for museums, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at The Henry Ford, buy something for everyone on your list at The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall, get outside with Miami Beach, and steep yourself in history at Motown Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Dearborn trip builder tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Mackinac Island to Dearborn in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mackinac Island in September: highs in Dearborn hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Frankenmuth

— 1 night
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Michigan Heroes Museum, take a memorable tour with Tours, then look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Frankenmuth road trip planning app.

You can drive from Dearborn to Frankenmuth in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Frankenmuth when traveling from Dearborn in September, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

Traverse City

— 4 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Traverse City: John Cross Fisheries (in Charlevoix), Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, &more) and Little Traverse Wheelway (in Petoskey). There's much more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, don't miss a visit to Benjamin Twiggs, legendary cherry products, get a taste of the local shopping with Light of Day Organics, and trek along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Traverse City tour itinerary app.

You can drive from Frankenmuth to Traverse City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ludington

— 2 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): kick back and relax at Stearns Park, admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park, then stop by The Jam Farm, and finally stroll around Ludington Waterfront Park. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours, then enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and then trot along with Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ludington journey planner.

Drive from Traverse City to Ludington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Grand Rapids

— 2 nights

Furniture City

The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, and then kick back and relax at Holland State Park Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Oval Beach, then do a tasting at Fenn Valley Vineyards - Saugatuck Tasting Room, then see the interesting displays at Gilmore Car Museum, and finally hike along Cascade Peace Park.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids trip site.

You can drive from Ludington to Grand Rapids in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Michigan travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.